Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Fishwrap speak: Oregonians = Illegal Aliens

Oregonians get brief reprieve from Medicaid rules
It will be a few more weeks before Oregon fully enforces a new federal law that requires Medicaid applicants to prove they are U.S. citizens, according to the state Department of Human Services.

The federal law, which is aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from receiving state- and federal-paid benefits, was supposed to take effect July 1

The headline bothered me, DHS director Bruce Goldberg bothered me, but the kicker came here:

Responding to similar concerns across the nation, the Bush administration recently announced that Medicaid recipients who also receive Medicare or Supplemental Security Income benefits would be exempt from the documentation requirement.

Bush considered making anyone who speaks Spanish excempt from the rules but then decided that was a little too on the nose.

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